Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin.
Nearly 10 percent of the nation’s population has diabetes, millions of new cases are diagnosed annually in people aged 20 years and older, and it contributes to hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. In 2007, diabetes contributed to more than 231,000 deaths. The disease can also lead to several serious health complications, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy and amputation.
Education is critical to the treatment and management of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Diabetes Services at Sky Lakes Medical Center offers personalized instruction to people with diabetes and their loved ones, as well as those at risk for diabetes. This service promotes research-backed self-management practices to instill participants with the skills and confidence they need to successfully manage diabetes.
The Diabetes Services program at Sky Lakes Medical Center has been an American Diabetes Association Recognized Diabetes Education program since 1997, and meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.
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